Shingles and Chicken Pox

You hear people talking about getting shingles all the time and how when your children have chicken pox you have to be careful of the elderly as they can develop shingles. After having several cases of chicken pox when I was younger, not once did I think that I would end up with shingles!

I have never experienced pain like this before (of course, I’m excluding labour because that doesn’t count). It first started as 3 spots on my belly, I woke one morning and they were there. I assumed they were bites from some insect, as I always seem to be the one that gets bitten, and thought nothing else of it. I woke up the next morning with a few more, so I ended up searching Google for pictures of bed bug bites as I was adamant that that was what we were dealing with. Then the pain started. It was an excruciating pain, it started on my side just under my ribs and wrapped around my back. Sort of like contractions.

I was sitting playing with the children when it felt like I had been stabbed with a needle a few times in my side. I ran to the bathroom and sure enough there a group of spots on my side. I was sure that it was something biting me, so I changed my top and noticed that the original area of spots was red and painful to touch. I did another Google search and everything pointed in the direction of shingles. Now I was panicking.

I booked in at the doctors the next day and it was confirmed. I had shingles. Fab! I was also prescribed a painkiller as paracetamol and ibuprofen just were not helping.

I’ve got it under control now and the spots are all drying up and going crusty, they are so painful when touched so I have to be really careful when around the children. The painkiller I was prescribed has finally started working and has taken away the pain I was experiencing. My doctor told me that there is no specific time frame for it to last, but that the pain could stay for longer than I would like it to. I’ve read stories of it lasting for years on some. Chronic pain, no thanks!

Now, Keira has chicken pox. Again! I doubt very much that she’s caught it from my shingles as neither Joshua and Zara have any signs of the virus, but it is going around her nursery as a few children have been off with it. So I assume that’s where she has caught it from.

Given that Keira is the ultimate drama queen, you can only imagine how bad it has been for her. Every second of the day she is telling me that her chicken pox hurt. She’ll say “owww my chicken pox”. The first night was a disaster, she woke up several times during the night because of them. I had given her infant paracetamol, piriton for the itchiness and used Virasoothe to also help with the itchiness. But none of it was enough for Keira.

I am just hoping and praying that Joshua and Zara don’t get it. It’s the last thing I need.

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  1. The first time I had shingles was exactly how you have described – the pain was awful! Sorry to tell you, but my pain lasted almost a year. It got less painful as time went on, but every now and again I’d get a shooting and stabbing pain in my side where the rash had been. I am pretty sure I had shingles again a few months ago – the doctor diagnosed something else, and gave me antibiotics, but these did nothing so I’m pretty sure it was shingles! I’m pleased to say the pain was less painful this time, and didn’t last as long. I am dreading my little boy getting chickenpox though as I know there is a high chance I will get shingles again 🙁 hope you are all back to full health soon!

  2. I think that chicken pox and headlice are 2 of a parent’s most dreaded things for their children to catch. I’ve had chicken pox as a young child too, but I didn’t realize that shingles can come from it! Ouch!

  3. Yikes! I also didn’t know that shingles can come from chicken pox. is it possible to get shingles later in life even after you’ve had chicken pox?

  4. I am always afraid of shingles. I’ve had chicken pox as an infant as well as a third grader. I remember the pain of chicken pox and I hope I never get shingles but it is a greater risk I know.

  5. Awwww, this is rotten. Sorry to hear about your singles. My hubby and one of our daughters have had it, the poor girl also had chicken pox twice! Chicken Pox is annoying but shingles is definitely painful. It is important to see a doctor quickly if you suspect shingles so I am glad you went to see yours.

  6. I am so sorry you had to go through this, hopefully your children will never have to experience it. Its crazy to read about certain things because it doesn’t feel real until it happens to us.

  7. Both my twins had chicken pox at the same time and it was a NIGHTMARE!
    However nowhere near as bad as when I got Shingles. I totally agree with your description. It felt like red hot needles were being stuck into me.
    I am glad that you are on the mend though, I hope it was a one-off and you never have to go through it again xx

    1. Oh my, you brave lady having both children with chicken pox at the same time. That must have been difficult. Thank you for your kind words, I too hope you never get them again. x

  8. Oh my goodness, shingles sound so awful! I’m so glad you were able to get something to help with the pain and hopefully they’ll be done soon. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this, especially at the beginning of summer x

  9. woah that’s so internse. I hope you’ll be fine soon! I had chicken pox as a kid and it was bloody awful for everyone – not just me! I was like 5 and i STILL remember it haha

  10. My mother had shingles and it lasted the better part of a year. Poor lady was in so much pain. You would think that with today’s technology and information, they would come up with a solution to make it less intense and not last as long.
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  11. I had a bad case of shingles in my late 20’s and it was the worst pain I’ve experienced by far. I ended up missing 2 months of work as I wasn’t able to sleep and had to take very strong medications; wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone!

  12. Oh no, how awful. And I have all that to look forward to. I stilll have a scar from when I had chicken pox.

  13. This sounds awful. People seem to think shingles is a thing you get when you are really old but you can get it at any age as once you have had chicken pox the shingles virus apparently stays in you. I’ve heard of a few people who have had shingles very young

  14. sorry about this, have had chicken pox when i ws younger along with a few other illness that i learnt happens to us all while we grow older, and am glad i have passed that stage now, hope you both get well soon enough and over this.

  15. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who was conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your blog.

  16. I remember getting chicken pox as a kid and how miserable I felt. It was contagious and soon my siblings had it too. I can imagine how itchy your child feels too. Get well soon! 🙂

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